For most homeowners, septic system maintenance falls in the wayside because of how infrequent you service your septic system. It is recommended that your home’s septic systems be pumped out every three to five years and inspected much more frequently. Your septic system is very important in your home’s entire plumbing system. If you are having issues recalling when your last septic service was, you should watch out for your warning signs that you need emergency septic services. Read on to learn more!
There is nothing worse than the smell of sewage rising all the way up through your pipes into your sinks, showers, and toilets. While this is a very advanced sign that your septic system needs some service, it is typically preceded by disgusting odors in your drains or bubbling inside your toilet. Sewage has a very nasty smell and will usually be black in color. Call up your septic professional immediately if your septic system is starting to back up.
Your Alarm is Going Off
A septic system alarm could mean a few different things:
- Your system is experiencing high water because of increased water use within your home, and it’s having trouble getting the water out and processing waste.
- You might have a leak and your tank might be taking on groundwater.
It is important you cease all water use immediately since a backup is typically the next step. You will want to call your septic or plumbing professional and get to the panel to troubleshoot everything. If required, they’ll dispatch somebody immediately to come to service your system before a backup happens. Emergency septic services can be the difference between a functioning septic system and a plumbing mess in your home.
Nitrate Concentration in the Water
If you use any well water, you will want to have your water tested consistently. High levels of nitrates could result from overly full systems leaching into the groundwater and soil. Keeping your septic tank maintained consistently and sealing up leaks will keep your well water clean and free of any high levels of nitrates.
Pooling water near your drainfield is usually an indication that your tank is full and in potential need of emergency septic services. Wastewater should always remain in your tank or be processed through your drainfield slowly. Once drainfields are clogged up from waste because of poor maintenance, wastewater can collect and rise into your lawn.
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Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!